Zambia - Support to Science and Technology Education Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 20 Nov 2013
Signature Date 02 Jun 2014
Planned Completion Date 30 Apr 2022
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 11110
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 22,220,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Support to Science and Technology Education (SSTEP) Project is an investment operation designed within a larger program in collaboration with Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines- Investment Holding (ZCCM-IH) to increase access and improve the quality and relevance of skills in the country. This intervention will support the promotion of human resource development that will enhance youth employability, bridge skills gap in the private sector especially in the mining sector and increase Zambia’s competitiveness in the global economy. SSTEP will be implemented for a period of five years and the total project cost is UA25.96 million. It involves the collaboration of institutions of learning and industries especially mining industries to foster linkage between training and ZCCM-IH in Skills Training at the various benefiting public institutions. The strategic outcomes of the project include: (a) improved access to Science and Technology in Technical, Entrepreneurial, Vocational Education and Training (TEVET) and Higher Education (HE); (b) improved quality and relevance of teaching and learning in target institutions; (c) improved quality and relevance of Science and Technology and entrepreneurship for an estimated 4,000 youths. The project will also conduct an impact evaluation that will provide robust evidence as to the type of relevant and quality interventions that are successful in increasing participation of industry and improving youth employment.

Project Objectives

The sector goal is to contribute to human resources development to advance economic growth and reduce poverty in Zambia. The development objective of the project is to contribute to increased access and improved quality and equity of science and technology in the target institutions.


The direct beneficiaries of the improved access to S&T will be an estimated 104,000 graduates from secondary and postprimary school levels. This figure is as against less than 30,000 who currently gain access to HE and TEVET, especially female students. It will also benefit the over 15,000 learners currently enrolled in HE and TEVET in the public tertiary institutions; prospective employers of graduates in particular the mining industries currently being staffed by expatriates; the GRZ and society at large as well as the private sector especially the mining sector with additional 4,000 workforce absorbed after the training. The TEVET sub-component will cover Northern Technical College (NORTEC) Ndola; Nkumbi Trades Training Institute (TTI), Central Province; Lukashya TTI, Northern Province; Choma TTI, Southern Province and Luanshya crafts Training School. The Higher Education sub-component will cover all three (3) public universities: University of Zambia, Lusaka; Copperbelt University, Kitwe; and Mulungushi University, Mulungushi. A total of 500 lecturers (300 TEVET and 200 HE) will receive training to upgrade their technical and teaching skills through the project. At least 200 of all the beneficiaries will be females in both levels.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Government Of Zambia


IATI identifier 46002-P-ZM-IA0-005
Last Update 04 Dec 2022


Contact Details

Name WAMALWA Fredrick Masinde

Geographic Location

Country Zambia
Coordinates Location Name
-15.4067 28.2871 Lusaka
-13.1367 28.4166 Luanshya
-12.8024 28.2132 Kitwe
-10.2129 31.1808 Kasama
-13.9715 28.6699 Kapiri Mposhi
-16.8065 26.9531 Choma
-12.9587 28.6366 Ndola
-14.7256 28.8472 Mulungushi